Frances Ashforth’s breathtakingly gorgeous prints make their West Coast debut, kicking off with the artist herself, live and in-person, at Patagonia Portland this Thursday, October 26th, at 7:00pm. I am honored to be introducing her and her folio, Water + Words at the event. This is a rare opportunity to meet Frances, hear her talk about her work, and view the prints–I’ve been looking forward to this for years. If you are interested in water, conservation and art, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Note: the images above and below are lousy snapshots of her work hanging in my house–they look much, much better in person. Come check ’em out for yourself!
If you haven’t clicked on the link to the Water + Words video, here it is.
A few years ago I became obsessed with tracking down one of my favorite painters, Frances Ashforth. Not that I could afford to buy any of her work, but just to tell her how much I appreciated it. I finally found someone who knew someone and ended up with her e-mail address. Long story short, over time we’ve become friends, and I continue to be inspired by her paintings and prints, which, for the most part, capture the beauty and feelings I have about water.
Last year, I was honored with an invitation to participate in a project Frances was working on called Water + Words. We talked about it for some time, and I eventually sent her a few words about water inspired by her paintings. Now, amazingly, this jam session has become a small part of a folio which makes its debut on March 30th.
If you have a minute, watch a beautiful short film about the project and the process of creating Water + Words HERE. The folio images themselves are on view, along with Frances’ gorgeous paintings and prints, on her website HERE. The page I worked on with her is below. Now we just have to figure out how to get her out to the Pacific Northwest for a show. If you aren’t familiar with her work, I hope you like it as much as I do.